Today’s Quotes: Randomized for June 3, 2012

“Every religion has its own idea, because it is a fiction. You don’t have different ideas about the sun. You don’t have different ideas about the rose. You can have only different ideas about a fiction.”

“A foolish faith in authority is the worst enemy of truth.”
Albert Einstein, letter to a friend, 1901.

“Probably about 20 to 25 percent of the adult American population is so right-wing authoritarian, so scared, so self-righteous, so ill-informed and so dogmatic that nothing you can say or do will change their minds. They would march America into a dictatorship and probably feel that things had improved as a result…. And they are so submissive to their leaders that they will believe and do virtually anything they are told. They are not going to let up and they are not going away.”
— Dr. Bob Altemeyer, from his book, “The Authoritarians,” (2006).

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.”
George Orwell

“It took Romney millions of dollars and months of attacks to narrowly defeat a mental patient in a sweater vest.”
Andy Borowitz

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home–but not for housing. They are strong for labor–but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage–the smaller the minimum wage the better. They endorse educational opportunity for all–but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine–for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing–but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing–so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”
Harry S Truman

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